It is September 27, 2011 and we are headed into the 11th day of protests on Wall Street. I’m sure by now, everyone has heard about the protests happening on Wall Street. Actually, if you’ve been watching the mainstream media, you would have no idea what is going on in NYC.
It all started with a group of concerned citizens and “hacktivists” called Anonymous. However you feel about this group of people is your choice, but they are playing an important role in balancing the greed, corruption and abuse of power in all the world’s governments. The group has been behind the protests in the cell blackout by BART in Los Angeles and other movements. They want to protest corporate/government greed, Bank of America fraud, the housing fraud and the lack of accountability on Wall Street after helping to tank the world economy. They say they are not an organization, but they are everyone. Interesting stuff.
Anonymous had been planning on protesting in the streets that surround Wall Street. They wanted to camp there for days —even weeks. The first day about 1,000 people showed up. The numbers were said to be around the low hundreds the subsequent days, but it’s hard to tell because the media is not paying enough attention to it. The only way to find out is to either go there yourself or listen to eye-witness accounts.
The first day started out semi peaceful. The subsequent days? Not so much. Since the media is not reporting on it, I will. Based on the videos I have been watching, there have been a lot of disturbing incidents. The most famous incident involved three female photographers and videographers. When watching the video, you can see that the women were fenced in a maced by NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. It remains unclear what the women did to provoke the officers. The NYPD refused to give the name of the officer, so the group Anonymous did so. They may have overstepped their boundaries by listing his address and family members, but this is the society we live in. He has a past tainted with criminal behavior and violation of civil rights.
The women have identified themselves as Kelly Schomberg (catch her account here), 18, and Chelsea Elliott (read her account here). It seems as though two more women were hurt in the display of police force, but have yet to be identified.
Currently, the Occupy Wall Street website is down and cannot be accessed. The media have decided to black most coverage on this event unless it is coverage that involves softball questions to the NYPD by Wolf Blitzer or whatever crap is happening on Fox News.
However, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook have been great alternatives from the mainstream media. From what I’ve heard on Twitter more protests are supposed to happen around the nation. On October 6, the protesters will head to D.C. There have also been mentions of protests in Kansas City, MO, Boston, Chicago and Cleveland. I plan on heading to the one in D.C. to document this movement.
These are interesting times we live in. Things are reaching a boiling point and the water in the pot is about to flow over. Let’s see where these next months will take us.
You can follow Occupy Wall Street on Twitter under the name @OccupyWallSt. You can find videos and other media by typing in the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet. Blessings and regards to all. Peace and love.
Here is video from Day 1:
Here is an alleged 9/11 first-responder:
Here is a collection of what seems to be the use of excessive police force: